The W.C. Bradley Co. welcomed interested buyers Saturday to an open house at its Eagle & Phenix loft condominiums, the first phase of which is nearly complete.
Twenty-five of the 88 condos are already occupied and two more have been sold. About 35 people are currently living in the Front Avenue development, which is expected to also offer retail and office space, restaurants, parks and more when complete.
Residents began moving into the condos — which range from about $163,500 to more than $500,000 — in July. Since then, developers have finished a fitness center, lobby and breezeway in the first building, which was showcased Saturday to potential residents.
The five-story first building is part of a 10-year, $50 million project that W.C. Bradley’s real estate division began in March 2005. In 2003, the company purchased the former textile mill, built in the late 1800s, and 16 acres on which it sits to transform it into upscale riverfront condos and commercial space.
Many of the lofts preserve what W.C. Bradley realtor Wes Driver called the mill’s character. A number have exposed brick walls, bottom-to-top windows and concrete floors.
Driver said they are waiting for the city of Columbus to complete its streetscape project, surrounding the development’s property at Front Avenue and 12th Street, before they begin pushing for commercial tenants, who will be located on the first building’s ground floor.
Design plans have yet to begin for the development’s second building, right across the plaza from the first building.
Driver said they have asked residents for their input as to what they would like to see within the development.
“We want to adapt as we go,” he said.